PH’s kiteboarding star Tio eyes gold in first Olympic stint

first_img“I’m pretty excited because it’s a really big thing. Not everyone can have the opportunity,” said Tio on Tuesday during a sit-down interview with select media at Fairway Tower in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.READ: PH kiteboarding ace Tio clinches lone Youth Olympic Games berthFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“The target is to get that gold, to win,” said Tio.Tio, who has a very laid back demeanor, isn’t unfazed despite facing a tall order to win it all. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Beach winds, challenges fuel dreams of Boracay kiteboarder He also believes a kitesurfing is one sport where Filipinos can definitely excel in.“Yeah. We’ve got lots of beaches, we’ve got lots of good wind so a lot of people here can do it.Tio, who turns 17 on Wednesday, flies back to Boracay Tuesday night. He is scheduled to be in Norway next month for an event which he also intends to use as part of his buildup for the YOG.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback PH’s kiteboarding ace Christian Tio.Filipino-Norwegian kiteboarding ace Christian Tio isn’t settling for less when he competes against the world’s best in the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in October in Buenos Aires, Argentina.Tio, the only representative in the Asia and Oceanic regions in the YOG, has his sights set on the gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery ONE: Catalan not after revenge against brother’s conqueror Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “I don’t really feel any pressure. I just feel happy to be representing my country,” he said.READ: PH bet Tio, Swedish star Kappel top kiteboard Boracay leg “It will be tough. I don’t really know the level but there are really a lot of tough competitors out there so I’ll train really hard to get that gold.”The frizzle-haired Tio, who hails from Boracay Island where he was taught by his mother to kite at 7 years old before participating in his first kitesurfing competition against adults at 10, thinks living in a tropical country will be his edge heading into his stiffest challenge yet.“It’s kind of an advantage that we have a lot of places to kite,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

UNFPA Calls for Support for the Training of Midwives

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) With only 46 percent of deliveries in Liberia assisted by skilled attendants, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund has pledged more support to the training of midwives in the country.“Midwives are crucial in the fight to reduce maternal and newborn deaths. Midwives can prevent up to 90 percent maternal deaths if they get all the support and are allowed to practice their competencies and play a full role during pregnancy, childbirth and after birth,” says UNFPA Liberia Resident Representative Ratidzai Ndhlovu.“The presence of a midwife at birth can mean the difference between life and death,” Ms. Ndhlovu said on 15 January at the presentation of office equipment to the Midwifery Training Program of the Phebe Training School in Suacoco, Bong County. The equipment include a LaserJet network printer and a heavy duty Canon photocopier.  As part of the Phebe Hospital training program, the midwifery school is currently offering two study options: a 3-year direct-entry midwifery course immediately after high school (basic midwifery), and a 2-year nurse-midwifery training program for nurses.The UNFPA Representative said: “If we encourage pregnant women to deliver at the hospital, we have to ensure that the supply side of the health care delivery system is addressed by producing competent midwives, who are able to manage complications and refer as soon as possible those complications that they cannot handle.She expressed the hope that the donated equipment would contribute positively to the learning atmosphere of students of the midwifery training school. “The last time I visited the training facilities, there were lots of students holding old pieces of papers around, copying from textbooks because as they informed me, there was no printing or photocopying facility.In his remarks, Bong County Health Officer, Dr. Sampson Arzoaquoi expressed gratitude to UNFPA for the donation. “We are in the business of going out to seek support from individuals and institutions. A lot of them do not give us the kind of timely response that we have received from UNFPA,” he said.Dr. Arzoaquoi noted the donation would go a long way in helping to alleviate some of the challenges the students are faced with.Since the Government of Liberia and partners in March 2011 launch the roadmap for accelerated reduction of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in the country, a lot of efforts have been put into the training of more midwives. However, according to the Liberia Board of Nursing and Midwifery, by December 2013, there were about 800 midwives available to the population of 3.5 million people; highlighting the urgent need for the training of more midwives.last_img read more